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Turning the tide

Scholarships help a young scientist advance her research to mitigate climate change while navigating motherhood.

Master of all

Merit-based scholarships enabled Sneha Krish to graduate with dual degrees while staying engaged in extracurriculars.

Living the dream

A first-generation nursing student leverages his work ethic, intellect and timely scholarship support to honor his immigrant parents.

Thriving by design

The investment of going to college out of state pays off in the confidence and skills a student needs to take her career in an unexpected direction.

Culture club

Members of the School of the Arts' Pollak Society help fuel the creative pursuits of faculty and students through unrestricted financial support.

Dream come true

A scholarship established for economically challenged medical students lightens the financial and mental load for an aspiring doctor.

Set up to succeed

The Altria Scholars program levels the playing field for first-generation students at VCU.

The gift that keeps on giving

Philanthropic support from longtime donor C. Kenneth Wright has the benefit of inspiring further research funding in the form of federal grants.

Class act

A doctor spearheads a fundraising campaign to galvanize his former classmates to create a student scholarship in memory of their late friend.

On the same page

A partnership between the VCU School of Education and the Virginia Literacy Foundation is helping improve preschool literacy for low-income families.

Novel idea

The Friends of VCU Libraries advisory board shares annual book sale profits with the Emerging Leaders Program to support community projects.

Business without borders

A JPMorgan Chase grant has enabled VCU to partner with local economic development groups to help businesses capitalize on international opportunities.


Future doctor Mark Feger is changing lives before he graduates with his involvement in initiatives designed to improve patient treatment and recovery.

Making a Marc

As a student, local figurehead Marc Cheatham got a boost in confidence as well as financial aid when he received the AAAC Leadership Scholarship.

Bridging the gap

Research on how immunotherapy drugs interact with chemotherapy continues at Massey Cancer Center thanks to gifts from the Virginia Moose Association.

Good impressions

After walking away from a lucrative Wall Street career, Darriel Cannon pursues his passion for dentistry and helps others to do the same.

Flight plan

Annual unrestricted support for VCU’s online literary journal Blackbird gives students a superior real-world publishing experience.

Joining forces

The Research to Recovery town hall unites researchers, practitioners and members of the public to address mental health and substance-use issues.

It takes a village

Since its founding in 1961, the MCV Hospitals Auxiliary has raised more than $6.2 million to support programs throughout VCU Health System.

It takes two

Alumni couple Jane and Will Hatcher have created scholarships to benefit students in arts and social work, the two schools from which they graduated.

Preventive measures

Funds raised at the annual VCU Health Shining Knight Gala support a series of initiatives designed to prevent injuries caused by violence or abuse.

History in the making

The gift of a website chronicling the history of social welfare in the U.S. attracts sizable attention and spawns a second successful companion site.

Reaching new heights

The new College of Health Professions building will unify faculty, staff and students for greater success.

Bound for success

A School of Business student harnesses scholarships to propel himself to a promising career.

An international outlook

Regular volunteer trips to Vietnam as a teacher and mentor garner benefits at home and abroad for a urology professor, his students and his patients.

Better together

A pediatric professor leverages the practices of medicine and engineering to partner with industry on a new inhaler device for children.

Above and beyond

An extra course taken by an aspiring special education teacher thanks to a scholarship helped her go the extra mile in preparing for her career.

Community minded

As a political science student, Sara Thornton enjoyed several civic-engagement experiences thanks to a scholarship specifically for local students.

Comic effect

Two scholarships gave School of the Arts alumna Megan James both motivation and financial assistance to pursue her calling of comic book creator.

Hands-on health

VCU Health's Community Internship program demystifies the work of VCU Medical Center for donors, board members, politicians and others.

Leading light

A School of Medicine professorship enables Hamid Akbarali, Ph.D., to balance his twin passions of student mentorship and opioid-abuse research.

Making news in NYC

A gift from Robertson School alumnus Kirk Laughlin provides a stipend to send two journalism students to an internship in New York City.

High hopes

VCU's Neuromuscular and ALS Clinics are providing optimal care for ALS sufferers thanks to a fund created by late patient Vic Harper and his family.

The trouble with being first

New programs and funds target first-generation students in an effort to help them be more successful at adapting to, and staying in, college.

A helping handbook

Nurse anesthesia students take on Anatomy Camp with the help of a new resource

Talk of the town

An annual lecture series at the Wilder School highlights new ways to tackle planning and design issues in Richmond, Virginia, and beyond.

Circle of influence

Business scholarship recipients find commonality at event celebrating 30-plus years of personal, financial and professional guidance

Urgent care

Timely scholarship gives nontraditional student the help he needs to return to the classroom

Seat of power

A handful of VCU’s endowed chairs from across campus share how the funding has provided the resources needed to take their work to the next level.

Room to grow

Fountainhead Fellowship provides residency, studio space and teaching opportunities for nation’s top young artists

An idea that stuck

Scholarship enables engineering student to immerse herself in the creation of a promising grocery-shopping app

This way up

Scholarships provide path out of debt and toward the right career for two generations of medical students.

No place like home

A nursing professor’s innovative program brings care to those aging in place.

Making waves

Successful plein air painter Andre Lucero credits a scholarship he received as an art student in the 1980s with helping him pursue his career.

Bright futures

The new Virginia Treatment Center for Children will transform mental health services for the region's kids when it opens this fall.

Open 24 hours

Robertson School students stay up all night to deliver creative services to local nonprofits during the annual CreateAthon event.

Crowd funding

How is the money raised by runners for Massey Cancer Center in the Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10k used? A look at the race toward a cure for cancer.

Setting the stage

Three recipients of a theater scholarship discuss the boost it has given them in their burgeoning careers.

Pushing the agenda

Students lead a campaign to replace some of the most worn-out chairs in the James Branch Cabell Library.

Joining forces (2016)

The Emswiller Symposium promotes ways for health care professionals to collaborate and improve patient care.

Valuable lessons

A fellowship in the School of Education provides research support for faculty and mentoring experience for a student.

Practice makes perfect

The student-athlete experience at VCU has improved, thanks to the new Basketball Development Center.

Start of something good

The Massey Pilot Research Grant Program provides startup dollars to investigate promising new cancer treatments.

Surfing for success

Student entrepreneur rides the wave of opportunity

Rising to the challenge

New donors respond to a challenge grant maximizing donations to the renovated James Branch Cabell Library.

Tools of the trade

A couple donates to a game-changing new training program at Massey Cancer Center.

Life goals

The life and untimely passing of a VCU professor inspires a scholarship dedicated to solving neurological diseases.

The bigger picture

An art lover's scholarship allows a student to shrug off financial considerations and focus on her creativity.

Voyage of discovery

Intercultural experiences gained through a service-learning scholarship broaden students' horizons

Strong foundations

With a gift made in memory of his mother, a retired art history professor honors the past and supports the future.

Go! time

Student entrepreneurship program Go For It! draws on the support of some regional big hitters.

Strength to strength

A scholarship established in 1982 by a retired physical therapy professor has helped more than 200 students.

Meeting a need

A long-established medical scholarship helps attract the best students and alleviate their debt burden.

Students first

A former faculty member gives the rehab counseling department its largest endowed scholarship.

Good neighbors

Two authors living in the heart of the Monroe Park Campus show their appreciation to two cultural hubs.

Commercial success

Brandcenter students benefit from a scholarship and stewardship from the head of an ad industry mainstay.

A common bond

A doctor from Iraq and a student from Togo are united by a gift to relieve the burden of medical education debt.

Poetic justice

Friends and colleagues of a late English department professor come together to honor her legacy.

Out of the dark

Theatre VCU faculty, staff and friends establish a scholarship to honor the life of a department professor's son.

The facts of Life

Massey Cancer Center's Research for Life campaign closed in June, exceeding its fundraising target.

Back to nature

An overnight lodge boosts the Rice Rivers Center's standing as a beacon of environmental research.

Duty of care

A pharmacist pays tribute to the leadership of his former professor and mentor.

Helping hand

A scholarship in the name of a beloved School of Dentistry staff member supports kind and compassionate students.

Listen & learn

Delivering the second annual Lee Memorial Lecture holds special meaning for one School of Medicine alumnus.

Family matters

Alumna, husband fund scholarship for medical students

Teaching moment

Scholarship encourages educational administrators

Removing barriers

New H&S scholarship helps nontraditional students

Strength in numbers

A family’s tragedy inspires help for others

Badge of honor

Jeweler helps commemorate family members, founding dentistry dean

Friends in deed

Psychiatry professorship educates primary care physicians in mental health

Have a seat

VCU Libraries board leader supports Seat-a-Student

Cabell Library board preserves, inspires and invests in future

Distinguished professorship honors VCU alumni

Medicine: Faculty make a lasting difference for their specialties

Fund leads to service-learning projects for middle-schoolers

Gold Line call reconnects alumna with alma mater, Richmond

Military benefit made possible by alumnus veteran and his wife

Gifts from nursing faculty launch birth companion program

Fall 2014

25 students benefit from $1 million investment

Gift from alumnus bolsters Hall of Fame Scholarships


Family celebrates 101st birthday with gift


Burn center gets boost from VCU fraternity


An underdog disease finds a champion


Alumni give Holocaust Torah to VCU Libraries


Summer 2014

New library to transform research, campus center

Scholarship recognizes alumnus’s perseverance

“I’m still in awe that it exists”

Travel fund encourages bonds, friendships

It’s an opportunity you shouldn’t miss and when you don’t have the money, it can be impossible

Planned gift celebrates School of Social Work

The Colbys are grateful for the foundation that VCU provided.

Award recipients share gratitude with donors

The Thalhimer family’s investment in me has allowed me to invest in my future in ways I could never have before

Bequest creates scholarship in mentor’s memory

The planned gift memorializes Poole’s mentor and friend, Daniel T. Watts, Ph.D

Surprise scholarship recognizes childhood friend

George “Steve” Loder (B.S. ’71) and Richard T. “Dick” Robertson (B.S. ’67; H.L.D. ’05) have been friends for more than 50 years

Spring 2014

Nursing school grads leave scholarship legacy

To date, more than $5,000 has been raised through gifts and pledges

Planned gift encourages sustainability efforts

This generous gift will allow students to benefit from special lectures, travel abroad and other educational programs.

Alumna’s gift to nursing school sparks leadership

Johnson hopes to spark new ways of thinking for future students at the School of Nursing.

VCU Libraries shares history of area Girl Scouts

VCU Libraries secured a significant donation of records and materials from the Girl Scouts Commonwealth Council of Virginia

Walk-a-thon turns 10, helps students to finish line

In 10 years, the walk-a-thon has raised more than $80,000

Family’s gift furthers legacy for medical students

Grandis family establishes cancer research chair

Dentistry school honors professor, ‘The First 100’

School of Dentistry, the school has launched a fundraising initiative to celebrate diversity

Devotion to VCU, students, spurs educator’s gift

Leahy is devoted to VCU and its students.

M.H.A. program celebrates first endowed chair

In December 2012, Bracken and his wife, Judith, established the Richard M. Bracken Chair with a $1 million gift

Fall/Winter 2013

Monroe Scholars Book Award Program

Monroe Scholars program writes new chapter

The Mark Fuller Scholarship

Brandcenter scholarship helps to honor a legacy

School of Dentistry Reunion

Alumni sink teeth into contest, raise record funds

Endowments Established by Faculty

Department chair inspires facultywide giving

VMI Scholarship Fund

VMI alumni join forces for VCU medical students

Antonia F.D. Vassar (B.A. '05)

Radio host bequeaths rare gifts to VCU Libraries

Cancer Cell Signaling Research

Universal Corp. funds endowed chair at Massey

Pathways Brick Campaign

Pathways donors now locate their bricks online

Josh Wilberger (B.S. '09)

Young alumnus, student believes in giving back

New rooms enhance the care of very ill children

The pediatric palliative care room is like no other room on the pediatric floor

Summer 2013

Nguyen-Ninh Partial Scholarship

Gifts show trust in School of Medicine education

Nancy F. Langston, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, ANEF

Dean leaves lasting legacy at School of Nursing

Historic landmark reflects the prosperity of early 20th-century Richmond

The Scott House, now a Virginia Historic Landmark, is one of Richmond’s most important architectural survivors

Cabaniss Leadership Challenge

School of Nursing recognizes visionary leaders

Pauleys jump-start the Heart Center campaign

The campaign’s goal is $10 million.

Donald F. Brophy, Pharm.D. (M.S. '04)

Pharmacy names first McFarlane Professor

Mary Catherine Dowrick (B.S. '69; M.S. '72)

Alumni aid helps departments tackle shortages

Establishing Christianity chair fulfills dream

In 14 years, the fund has ballooned to more than $120,000

‘Surprise’ award honors researcher’s giving

It takes a lot to surprise Louis Harris, Ph.D.

Dreams without limitations

In 2000, the Dr. Grace E. Harris Scholarship was established

Unique engineering scholarship program encourages students to pursue interests i

Eilerson has set up a unique scholarship program through the College of Engineering

Alumnus funds the growth of creative writing at VCU

Established the David Baldacci Fund for Creative Writing at VCU with a pledge of $112,000

Endowed fund provides financial assistance to single mothers enrolled at VCU

I am hoping this scholarship will be one way of alleviating some of the worry

Staunch advocate of VCU’s Schools of Nursing and the Arts donates

His gift will support the School of Nursing’s $13 million campaign

Susan Thomas Benck Aiken Professorship

Gift honors mother's vision, starts professorship

Richmond real estate magnate commits nation’s largest Jazz gift to VCU

W.E. Singleton committed $2 million to benefit the Jazz Studies Program

Back pain evidently leads to couple’s donation for neurological services

The couple made a $2 million gift

Gift provides an immeasurable benefit to the College of Engineering

The $500,000 gift will provide an immeasurable benefit to the school

Pauley Family Foundation

Planned gift doubles $5 million for heart center

Local foundation supports VCU and the Richmond community

Grandis made a $150,000 gift to establish the Grandis Lung Cancer Research Fund

Alumni leave mark on VCU through an endowment tribute

The School of Pharmacy Class of 1956 contributed $15,000

Scholarships honor family’s dedication and hard work at VCU

The award is given to an entering freshman

VCU School of Pharmacy gains independent community pharmacy

Lance Berkowitz and his wife, Fran, endowed a $100,000 scholarship

Alumnus gift is largest in VCU School of Dentistry history

Dr. Perkinson’s support of VCU continues to be extraordinary

A $2.5 million gift establishes the Kornblau Institute

A $2.5 million gift will establish a real estate institute

Golf scholarship offers benefits for donors, too

Will and Betsy wanted to give back to their alma maters

Mass Communications major sets his sites on an advertising career

Dong-Hyok is passionate about his studies and about the advertising industry

Doctoral student honors the memory of her mentor through research

I definitely want a career that involves research.

Thomas H. Tatum Scholarship recipient demonstrates grace under pressure

the scholarship honors a dental student who demonstrates an ability to overcome adversity with grace

VCU senior makes connections with alumni through the College of Humanities

The phone-a-thon helped us generate 925 alumni gifts

VCU mass communications senior Lisa Figueroa interns with Warner Brothers

She spent two weeks as an intern at Warner Bros. Entertainment

VCU School of Dentistry students find time to give back to their school while st

For the students, the program is a win-win.

Making a plan, making a difference

Planned gifts allow the university flexibility in funding

Scholarships help recruit star education student

Jacobs received the Deans’ Scholarship for the 2007-08 academic year

Arts alumna hopes gift cultivates creativity

The McLeod Scholarship will provide $5,000 a year

Chapel renovations establish an interfaith venue

The Chapel at the VCU Medical Center is undergoing renovations

Alumnus etches wedding proposal in Shafer Court brick

The couple was married Oct. 18

Art history expert plans to leave lasting legacy

In 2000, Perry established the Regenia A. Perry Merit Scholarship.

Couple’s annual gifts exemplify power of giving

Over the years, the couple made gifts to the VCU schools of Dentistry and Nursing

Chemist leaves legacy of research, scholarship

In the world of chemistry, Lidia M. Vallarino, Ph.D., is a pioneer

Catholic studies chair reiterates global message

We ended up with 37 pledges and a little over $1 million

With first building, Rice Center enters new era

This is all because of the vision of one lady

Advertising executive supports VCU Brandcenter

Scarpelli has served on the Brandcenter’s board of directors since 2003

New initiative lets students give (and receive)

The Student Ram Athletic Fund allows students to support their favorite athletic teams

Trani Scholars program supports student’s dream

The Trani Scholars program was created in 2006

Scholarship fulfills student’s wish to help others

Badamas received the Anne Marie and Jonathan Seth Perel Medical Scholarship

Gift signifies dentist’s gratitude for education

Cottrell recently pledged $100,000 to the school

Thalhimer gift creates legacy in business school

The Thalhimer Family Scholarship was established in 1986

Partnership ushers in next generation of radio ads

The bureau has pledged $250,000 over the next five years

Donors make a difference in scholarship shortfall

We did not want to interrupt that momentum because of the economic situation

Donor aims to advance the field of palliative care

Oates also became a champion for the Palliative care

New dentistry building ushers in new era for school

The new facility is the hub of oral and dental research at the dental school

Scholarship helps ballerina spin career options

Scholarship awards make it possible for VCU nursing students to borrow less

Alumna gives back with gifts, time and expertise

Saunders provided funding and call-center space

Bequest strengthens sculpture scholarship fund

Jean Renick started making annual donations

Dental grads support clinical program with pledge

Graduates pledged to give $2,009 over the next five years to their alma mater

Gift commemorates creation of dental hygiene program

It was unheard of for women to take dental classes

Alumnus continues tradition of inspired giving

New president engages donors in shared vision for VCU

This is where we want to be because we know we can get there.

Summer 2012

Mentor spurs gift, planned giving helps it grow

The couple recently made a planned gift through a $250,000 life insurance policy

Reunion memories lead to medical education gift

" It’s a golden opportunity to positively influence physicians of the future."

Scholarship draws attention to patient safety

Something good has stemmed from one student’s error

Alumnus's planned giving helps students thrive

Derring transformed his annual scholarships into endowed awards.

Surprise honors alumnus, boosts class gift

The Class of 1962 holds a place of honor at the VCU School of Dentistry.

Scholarship honors a family's dental legacy

The brothers established the Jeremiah J. Kelliher Sr., D.D.S. Scholarship

Library gift shows changes in pharmacy field

White donated his collection of personal items to VCU’s Health Sciences Library

Couple joins the cancer fight with Massey gift

Jen and Win Sheridan are all too familiar with the fight against cancer.

Pro bono video spurs gifts to VCU Annual Fund

The campaign to invest in VCU students marches on.

Winter 2012

VCU opens renovated Siegel Center centerpiece

The 15,000-square-foot renovation and expansion provided a complete facelift

Couple's pledge supports psychiatric research

The fund currently supports behavioral studies

VCU unveils new Institute for Contemporary Art

The landscape of downtown Richmond, Va., is about to change

Mentor inspires gifts to medical education center

Her presence in the OB-GYN department blazed trails for future female students

Fund honors professor, longtime chemistry mentor

The fund will provide resources in the areas of greatest need

Nursing alumni establish fundraising challenge

Nearly $1.3 million has been raised since July 2010.

The Spurrier Media Scholarship

"When you are successful, it’s about giving back"

Fall 2011

Planned giving yields VCU's largest-ever cash gift

The impact of the VCU gift is far-reaching.

Capital campaign funds VCU Rice Center additions


Plaque renews a sense of class pride, donations

A tradition of pride and donation was reborn.

Gerontology scholarship promotes staying active

Her philosophy is preserved and promoted through the Scholarship

Faculty philanthropy bolsters medical tradition

Neifeld created one of seven scholarships worth more than $500,000

Inaugural gala supports scholarship campaign

The event raised $143,650 in gifts and pledges

$25 million gift funds medical education center

McGlothlins made a $25 million gift to the VCU School of Medicine

Summer 2011

School of Dentistry alumnus donates $500,000

Reba Oley knows a thing or two about dentistry.

Alum sees life insurance as a way to give back

"It was my intention to give a gift to make a difference"

Daughter's VCU experience inspires gift, praise

To show their appreciation the Naders have made several generous contributions

Gifts help address need for eldercare workforce

People don't think about aging until it affects them directly

Spring 2011

Siegel Center's first-class facelift to add club venue

A $3.5 million enhancement project is under way

Campaign gift honors one mother's inspiration

The new school opens up a whole new opportunity of education for the future

Alumnus repays gift, supports Opportunity VCU

When I was a student, I ran out of money and didn't know where to turn

Pacesetting pledge paves way for pharmacy lab

When this is done, VCU will be on the cutting edge

Small gifts add up to a big impact, donors say

The generous $150,000 gift will fund a scholarship

$1 million gift accelerates clinical trials process

The result was a $1 million gift from the Royalls

Education school welcomes endowed professor

The endowed professorship was created with a generous gift from the Harrises.

Pharmacy scholarships honor alumnus, student

Scholarships in memory of alumnus Paul Heron and student Neil Van Pelt

Winter 2011

Fountainhead Fellowships draw talent to school

The foundation made a $150,000 anonymous gift to support 10 fellows

Children endow scholarship as Christmas present

VCU sports are a tradition in the O’Toole family.

Single gift sparks support for building campaign

His gift will help the school reach its $37 million private-gifts goal

Mike Hughes Hall honors Brandcenter champion

The dedication of Mike Hughes Hall was held Oct. 27

Practice adds alumni membership to benefits list

Working for W. Baxter Perkinson, Jr., D.D.S. and Associates Ltd., just got a little sweeter

Gift from grateful patient furthers cancer research

The Slabaughs created the Slabaugh Family Research Fund for Clinical Trials

Fall 2010

VCU student Emily Murphy inspires scholarship

The Emily R. Murphy Scholarship was established in her memory

Alumna aids School of Medicine building campaign

Dr. Vivian M. Wilkerson (M.D. ’58) is something of a trailblazer

Alumna’s support benefits students, nonprofits

It’s 8 a.m. on a Friday during spring break

Alumnus answers call for scholarship aid

Stephens immediately responded by making a $5,000 gift

Class of 1960 raises $354,350 to mark reunion

The 50-year mark is a significant milestone

Scholarship gift solidifies grandparents’ legacy

The winner must spend 10 weeks in the Dominican Republic

Teen’s love of flight raises $100,000 for Massey

She met her lofty goal of raising $100,000

Summer 2010

Family endows cancer research chair at Massey

The Charles S. Luck III family made a commitment to endow a $1.5 million chair

Professor’s gift supports Brandcenter students

The couple made a $50,000 commitment

D.D.S. alumni help School of Dentistry go digital

A total of 62 students pledged $2,008 each to be paid over five years

Gift honors RPI, paves way for plaza construction

He made a final gift to Virginia Commonwealth University, donating $42,000

Record alumni gifts mark MCV Campus reunion

Alumni pledged more than $250,000 in reunion giving

Alumni giving boosts new medical school building

I very much enjoyed the four years at MCV

Public policy alumna creates graduate awards

Her gift to VCU will fund the Dr. Bonnie G. Mani Awards in Public Administration

Alumnus bequeaths milestone gift to school

Rev. Lantz pledged $100,000

Couple’s gift supports veterans, future teachers

The Meadows L. Phillips and Thomas H. Weatherford Veterans Scholarship was endowed in 2005

Friends fund lecture to honor MCVAA president

In fundraising, the pros talk about giving to bricks and mortar

Winter 2010

CLS alumnae create innovative ways to give back

Doris Costley revealed that she made provisions for a gift to VCU in her will

Corporate leader establishes engineering awards

Two full scholarships, one for an in-state student and one for an out-of-state student

Alumni associations help raise scholarship funds

Whitney was awarded the MCV Alumni Association of VCU Legacy Scholarship

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